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#2334807 Has your opinion of kenny changed?

Posted by number9 on 27 November 2012 - 04:03 PM

Ah, yes, the "spoiled fans" angle.

We have good talent in the pipeline. If that's the reason Holland has allowed our D corps to fall into mediocrity, well, that's all kinds of wack.

It's not an "angle" it's true lol. Other teams wait for many years for their entire team to rebuild...wings fans are not even patient enough to wait for 1 or 2 years while their mediocre defense gets rebuilt into a great one.

Commit to guys like Ehrhoff and Wisniewski for big money for 5+ years? or sign gappers like Colo on cheap short contracts and wait to have Sproul, McKee, Ouellete, Marchenko, DeKesyer on reasonable contracts? I'll take the latter

Wiz for over 5.5 for 6 years is bad business. Waiting a few years and having guys like Sproul for 3.5 is good business.

Not to mention wasting big money on long contracts on guys like Ehrhoff and Wiz means we won't have that to spend on our own young guys when they come up.

He shouldn't be in this position, though. That's the point.

The Kings' blue line wasn't out-of-this-world spectacular, but it didn't need to be. The whole team was, to man, completely committed to winning. They played tremendously tight hockey. They played lights-out.

We aren't the same. We need a fairly out-of-this-world blue line to offset our scoring lines' inevitable postseason struggles.

So the Kings don't need a good blue line because "theyre comitted to winning"....what?

Quick played lights out.

5 bad post season games and now we suck? gotcha

#2334800 Sheahan arrested for "superdrunk" driving

Posted by number9 on 27 November 2012 - 03:15 PM

Sigh, this looks bad on Brendan also... he's a leader for the Griffs and a leading prospect looking to enter his first year of the big leagues. He supplied Riley with his ID in order to get into bars... and riley admitted to it. Man.... this is not good.

And this is why we let our boys mature in the minors. Riley certainly isn't ready it seems. Smith was just helping his pal...but still I hope he learns from this as well.

#2334582 Entry Draft Order...if season is lost

Posted by number9 on 22 November 2012 - 07:49 PM

Mackinnon.... sorry about being drafted by Columbus :/

#2334558 Has your opinion of kenny changed?

Posted by number9 on 22 November 2012 - 04:55 PM

1. They weren't traded, their rights were.

2. I'm not really too upset about a guy who is mildly dirty as long as he's physical. That Allen video didn't break my heart.

3. Salo and Gonchar had stats either better or favorable to Kronwall last season, despite their age. Hamrlik wasn't great last season, but his 13 points and plus 11 are still better than all but two of our returning d-men.

4. Also, I think you're stretching this "wanted to be back in..." such and such place argument. Carle played 12 games in Tampa about four years ago. Fairly sure his roots aren't sunk too deep. Jovo hadn't played in Florida in 13 years, and I can't find one source that suggests that the reason Pikanen signed with Carolina is because of Jussi Jokinen.

1. Hence why I said "Rights traded"

2. Wasn't meant to

3. Signing Gonchar for 5.5 in 2010 would have been dumb. We still had Rafalski Stuart and Lidstrom. Salo's 3.75 cap hit takes him till he's 40. We need that money the next few years to give our young guys raises, instead it would be wasted on a 38-40 year old fast declining. Have no idea what your talking about with Hammer. Everyone one of our D-men outscored him last year except Ericsson, who had just 2 fewer points. (Smith had 7 pts in 14 gp and likely would have) (Kindl matched him playing 13 fewer games).

4. Jussi and Joni grew up playing together in Finland and are best friends. My bad on Carle, for some reason I thought Tampa drafted him, though I don't think he's worth 5.5. Jovo continued to live in Florida during those 13 years, I'm sure now that he's close to retirement he wanted to return home.

Like i said, why didn't Kenny chase Bryan Allen???

#2334412 Sheahan arrested for "superdrunk" driving

Posted by number9 on 21 November 2012 - 12:47 AM

Hahaha The only one that needs to do some growing up is LGW

Before you judge this kid realize that drunk driving is not only VERY COMMON, but over 99% of the time nobody dies!
  • An estimated 112 million Americans drove drunk in 2010 (about 1 out of 3 Americans)
  • Only .009% of drunk driving ends in a fatality (you're 3x more likely to willing kill yourself than you're to get killed by a drunk driver or drunk driving)
  • 99.7% of drunk drivers get home safely without even being pulled over
  • Average drunk driver (that gets caught) will drive drunk at least 80 times before their first arrest
Not trying to justify drinking and driving, it's still a stupid mistake to make, but that's what it is: A MISTAKE. Not some huge moral dilemma. It also has nothing to do with hockey and in no way effects his ability to skate on frozen water and shoot rubber. Frankly, I'm glad we finally have some drinkers on the team. We need more rough and tumble heavy drinking types in the lineup.

Golden boy Smith is a bit of a barfly too. So let's all be fair and start criticizing his personal life as well. The other night Brendan showed up to a bar drunk in GR and tried to fight the bouncer when the bouncer wouldn't let him in... mind you the bar had already been closed for almost an hour when the tipsy, angry, confused Smitty showed up.

I mostly feel bad for Riley in all of this honestly. That dumb decision he made while inebriated is going to be a huge pain in his butt for the next year at least. Bye bye drivers license and alcohol!

Oh, and to whom ever brought up "alcoholism", you need to spend less time on your computer and more time at the bar. Did you even see his BAC? The only "superdrunk" alcoholic with a BAC that low would have to be an 80lb girl who just gave blood.

This was totally expected though, the kid is Canadian and Irish for petes sake!
Cheers Riley

EDIT: Stats courtesy of MADD

#2334397 Has your opinion of kenny changed?

Posted by number9 on 20 November 2012 - 08:54 PM

my only beef is with acquiring tootoo...i think that was a mistake. but i could be wrong. i think i would have gone after semin over tootoo. we have enough role players.
hell, half the team is role players...a true scorer is needed. with pasha working on semin, he would have worked better for us than ovechkin.

but who knows...maybe brunner can be the acquistion of the decade!

What roles are you talking about? Tootoo and Semin are not even comparable. Tootoo is a bottom 6 agitator and Semin is a top 6 scorer. Yeah we need a sniper in the top 6, but we also need grit in the bottom 6. Tootoo brings that.

Semin is a terrible choice anyway. We don't need his laziness rubbing off on the rest of our players. I wouldn't even want him in the same room as Pulkkinen.

#2334390 Has your opinion of kenny changed?

Posted by number9 on 20 November 2012 - 07:58 PM


I think he did pretty well, considering that he lost his #1 #2 and #4 defenseman in just one year... Most other GM's would have destroyed our depth at forward and sacrificed our teams future to rebuild the defense through trades. I'd rather not lose anyone or our picks, and wait for Sproul, Ouellet, Marchenko, DeKeyser, and McKee to age up.

Wouldn't say Ken was entirely unprepared either... 50% of our drafts picks over the last 2 drafts were D-men. Considering Kenny's style (building through the draft opposed to building through trades) I'd call that preparation.

Anyone who knows Holland knows that the CBA also influenced his decision making. Although it was probably his most aggressive off-season, he still played it close to the vest and didn't tie up all our money. Minny's "Big Win" is going to be their biggest mistake when the cap drops.

Goaltending: Fixed
Weak Bottom Six: Fixed
Sniper: Likely fixed (Brunner)
Weak Defense: Addressed, but not fixed (Q and Colo)

He addressed all of our needs and didn't blow up the team.

If he had landed Suter (at a reasonable price) this off-season would have been an A+ performance. However that was clearly impossible, so it seems he did the 100% best he could. I'm happy with that.

Plus he gets 10 bonus points for ditching Hudler

#2333881 AHL Goalie Rankings: GR Dead Last

Posted by number9 on 12 November 2012 - 12:03 AM

Arrival of Mrazek has moved GR from last (#30) to #28. He's currently 6th in GAA and 5th in save% amongst AHL goalies


#2333550 [Retired] Official Lockout Thread

Posted by number9 on 05 November 2012 - 07:38 PM

Kindl has 5 pts (all assists) in 16 games with Pardubice. He's also -7. Maybe we should let the lockout continue until he's ready to play hockey.

#2333520 Swiss League Topscorer Damien Brunner

Posted by number9 on 05 November 2012 - 11:38 AM

Plzzzzz say no to Omark. There's a reason Edmonton, yes EDMONTON, demoted him. He brings nothing to the table. Shows a flash of brilliance then skates around picking his nose for 20 straight games.

Omark is doing well because of Diaz, Brunner, and Z, not the opposite.

#2333513 AHL Goalie Rankings: GR Dead Last

Posted by number9 on 05 November 2012 - 11:17 AM

In two starts Petr Mrazek has a .96 GAA and a .967 save%!!!

Can't wait for this kid to be up in the big leagues with Jimmy. He's extremely fast/athletic.

#2333088 Red Wings Off Season: I Give Them an A

Posted by number9 on 30 October 2012 - 11:08 PM

If Brunner can score 25 to 30 goals? Are you f'ing mad? Datsyuk and Zetterberg have a hard time getting to 30. But no namer Swiss League guy is gonna just light it up out of the blue? Delusional. We will be lucky if he's still in the NHL after his first year. He's small and not lightning fast. Im not saying that Danny Brieres cant happen. But its 1 out of 1000. Parise is a sure thing. Thats why the Wings shes should have ponied up.

Well he is playing in the same league as Nash, Thornton, Spezza, Seguin, and Tavares, and he's out playing all of them.....and Zug isn't even a good team, yet he still out plays them.

We'll see how the season comes along. Gives me some hope though. There's a reason this guy was pursued by a bunch of different teams.

#2333015 Red Wings Off Season: I Give Them an A

Posted by number9 on 29 October 2012 - 10:52 PM

I give them an F. Starting with Bertuzzi, The Wings have WASTED money on all of their signings since (minus Brunner). I would much rather have Parise and Suter at 10 mil per season for 10 years and 3 other prospects than Samuelsson, Gustavson, Bertuzzi, Quincey, and Colo at 12 mil per season for 3 years. The Wings should have outbid the Wild and they didnt. Fail.

The Wild have 21% of their cap space tied up with Parise and Suter for a very long time.

The Wings have 16% of their cap space tied up with their top forward and top D-man (Datysuk and Kronwall)

The Wings have 18% of their cap space tied up with their top 2 overall players (Datsyuk and Zetterberg)

I'd also refer to the OP's points per dollar section of his article.

If the only goal of the off-season was to sign Suter and Parise, then yes we failed on both accounts. However, if one of our goals was also to "spend our money wisely" then we succeeded where the Wild failed.

Datsyuk at 6.7 > Parise at 7.5
Zetterberg at 6 > Parise at 7.5
Kronwall at 4.75 > Suter at 7.5

We don't overpay for FA's when we can wait and develop our home grown talent and put them on reasonable contracts. Build through the draft.

#2332843 Missing Wings This Fall (anyone heard anything on Franzen yet?)

Posted by number9 on 27 October 2012 - 12:34 PM

He was going to play for Jokerit but then he got bored

#2332842 CHL, Other Junior Leagues Look to Ban Fighting

Posted by number9 on 27 October 2012 - 12:31 PM

But why do other "violent" sports such as rugby and the NFL not have fighting? Rugby players play a sport every bit as physical as hockey, a sport where physicality and physical intimidation are every bit as important, yet fighting is not part of the culture.

maybe cause....uh.....it's a different culture

I don't know much about Football or Rugby but if they choose not to allow fighting cool, good for them, I don't care. I just hope they keep their pansy sport to themselves and don't meddle with mine.